Hollywood actress, Scarlett Johansson speaks about her early experience of being ‘hypersexualized’
Scarlett Johansson, a Hollywood actress, has spoken out about feeling ‘hypersexualized’ and ‘pigeonholed’ in the early stages of her acting career.
On Monday, the Black Widow star, 37, appeared on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, where she discussed how people in the industry perceived her as older than she was, resulting in her not getting the roles she desired.
‘I kind of became objectified and pigeonholed in this way where I felt like I wasn’t getting offers for work for things that I wanted to do. I remember thinking to myself, “I think people think I’m 40 years old,”‘ she revealed.
‘Because I think everybody thought I was older and that I’d been [acting] for a long time, I got kind of pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing,’ the beauty remarked.
‘The runway is not long on that. So it was scary at that time. In a weird way, I was like, “Is this it?”‘ she added.
The actress also admitted that things in the industry is now changing for the better.
‘Now, I see younger actors that are in their 20s. It feels like they’re allowed to be all these different things,’ she expressed.
‘It’s another time, too. We’re not even allowed to really pigeonhole other actors anymore, thankfully, right? People are much more dynamic,’ Johansson added.
The actress began her career as a child actor but rose to prominence at the age of 17 when she played Charlotte in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film, Lost in Translation, alongside Bill Murray (then 52, now 72), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
Johansson was five years younger than her character, a young wife who is abandoned by her photographer husband, played by Giovanni Ribisi, at the Tokyo Park Hyatt.
She went on to play a seductress in the 2005 psychological thriller Match Point, at the age of 19, alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 27 at the time.
The film’s controversial director, Woody Allen, 86, later sparked backlash after he referred to her as ‘sexually radioactive’ in his memoir Apropos of Nothing.